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Emphasizing that's only the UK, + per year, and + replicable in a lot more of Europe's coasts/land, makes a knock-out sale point.  

Huge guess-tion:
Now that the 'zero-emission' electric car is a regular item in the msm, is there anyway to estimate how much more electricity do we need to produce for our current mobility?  

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 04:00:10 PM EST
There is, and the number is very manageable. Maybe 20 % more power or something like that. The reason the number is so very low is because of the much higher efficiency of electric motors ccompared to internal combustion engines.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 04:16:37 PM EST
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mobility is not the only thing we need to electrify tough - Nitrogen fertilizer production, and the wide spread use of electricity based industrial processes to replace heat driven ones* are going to run electric use very high indeed in a zero-carbon economy. 150-200% of current use is a conservative guess, and there are directions things could take that would go way higher than this - for example there are methods of trash recycling for raw materials that would be drink juice like nobodys buisness.

*Ive looked at the various proposals for high-temperature reactors for industrial purposes. Do Not Want. Umpteen thousand ELSY's? Fine. Reactors operating at 1200+ degrees routinely? eeeeck.

by Thomas on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 06:11:11 PM EST
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